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Michelle Obama Interview Gives 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' a Ratings Boost

The latest to reap the benefits of election programming, the ABC late night show brought its best performances in viewers and adults 18-49 since the NBA Finals drove it to highs in June.

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Jimmy Kimmel Live! saw its best ratings in four months last night, thanks to the first ever appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama.

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With 2.367 million viewers and 855,000 adults 18-49, the ABC show hit highs not matched since Kimmel had a boost from a NBA Finals lead. For a Thursday, the first lady's appearance gave Live! its biggest telecast on the night since June. 3, 2007.

The Obamas' late night tour, winding down in anticipation of the Nov. 6 election, has been good for late night ratings. The president's visits to The Late Show With David Letterman, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and Jay Leno's Tonight Show have all brought surges in ratings.

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Next up for Kimmel: The Brooklyn native takes his talk show to New York for a week of broadcasts from the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Tracy Morgan and David Letterman are among the scheduled guests.